East Carolina at Houston College Football Picks & Predictions 10/28/2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
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The East Carolina Pirates travel to TDECU Stadium to take on the Houston Cougars on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The opening line for this game has Houston as 11 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 60. The Pirates have an ATS record of 2-6-0 while their over/under record is 5-3-0. The Cougars have an over/under record of 1-6-0 and they are 3-4-0 against the spread.
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Valuable East Carolina Pirates Betting Trends
The East Carolina Pirates are 5-3-0 against the over/under
The East Carolina Pirates are 2-6-0 against the spread
Important Houston Cougars Betting Trends
The Houston Cougars are 1-6-0 against the over/under
The Houston Cougars are 3-4-0 against the spread
Key East Carolina Pirates Injuries
10/22/17 OL Branden Pena Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs. Houston U
10/22/17 DE Chance Purvis Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs. Houston U
10/22/17 DB Corey Seargent Hamstring is "?" Saturday vs. Houston U
10/22/17 OL D'Ante Smith Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs. Houston U
10/22/17 WR Deondre Farrier Ankle is "?" Saturday vs. Houston U
10/22/17 DE Randall Anderson Leg is "?" Saturday vs. Houston U
10/22/17 LB Ray Tillman Wrist is "?" Saturday vs. Houston U
10/17/17 DE Kiante Anderson Knee out indefinitely
Key Houston Cougars Injuries
10/22/17 S Collin Wilder Knee is "?" Saturday vs. South Florida
10/22/17 WR Derek McLemore Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs. South Florida
10/22/17 RB Dillon Birden Elbow is out indefinitely
10/22/17 WR Ellis Jefferson Knee is "?" Saturday vs. South Florida
10/22/17 LB Matthew Adams Ankle is "?" Saturday vs. South Florida
10/17/17 OL Kameron Eloph Back out for season
10/15/17 DB Grant Stuard Knee out indefinitely
09/28/17 DB D.J. Small Undisclosed out for season
09/08/17 OL Alex Fontana Foot out for season
08/16/17 DE Jerard Carter Foot out indefinitely
08/16/17 RB Kevrin Justice Ankle out indefinitely
08/16/17 WR Marquez Stevenson ACL out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The East Carolina Pirates are 84th in Division 1 in points scored with 187. They have run 584 plays this season for 3,175 yards, which ranks them 14th in the nation in total offense. The Pirates average 5.4 yards per play, which is 79th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 167 1st downs this year, placing them 30th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground East Carolina has run for 871 yards as a team, which ranks 113th in the country. They've run 268 times, averaging 3.3 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Pirates have been penalized on offense 56 times for 501 yards so far this season, which has them 20th in the nation in penalties. Thomas Sirk has thrown for 1,650 yards this season. He has completed 130 passes on 231 attempts for a completion percentage of 56.3%. His quarterback rating this year is 122.2. He averages 7.1 yards per pass attempt and 6.4 adjusted yards per throw.
East Carolina is 129th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 367. They have surrendered a total of 4,623 yards on D, which is 129th in Division 1. The Pirates are ranked 129th in yards per play allowed with 7.5. Opposing offenses have completed 173 passes on 254 attempts against the East Carolina Pirates defense this season, placing them 124th and 103rd in the country. The East Carolina pass defense has also given up a total of 2,602 yards through the air, which is 128th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 359 attempts for 2,021 yards this year, putting them in 125th place in D-1 against the run. The Pirates have committed 63 penalties for 646 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 128th in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
East Carolina is ranked 125th in the nation in punt returns with 4. They have returned 28 kicks for 547 yards on special teams, ranking 23rd in kick return yardage. The Pirates average 20 yards per kick return and they are 41st in the country in all-purpose yards with 3,722. The East Carolina Pirates have attempted 16 field goals this season and made 11, which is 33rd in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 69%. East Carolina Pirates kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 22 for 22 this year. Their punters have totaled 1,787 yards on 41 punts, averaging 44 yards per punt. That places them 33rd in Division 1 in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Cougars have run for 1,210 yards as a team, which ranks 61st in the nation. They've run 277 times, averaging 4.4 yards per rush as a unit. The Cougars have been penalized on offense 48 times for 434 yards so far this year, which has them 48th in the country in penalties. They are 78th in Division 1 in points scored with 191. They have run 545 plays this year for 3,103 yards, which ranks them 38th in the nation in total offense. The Houston Cougars average 5.7 yards per play, which is 64th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 165 1st downs this season, ranking them 32nd overall as an offensive unit. Kyle Postma has completed 109 throws while attempting 162 passes for a completion percentage of 67.3%. He has passed for 1,120 yards this year. He averages 5.9 adjusted yards per throw and 6.9 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 128.1.
The Houston Cougars rush defense has given up 246 attempts for 1,088 yards this season, putting them in 52nd place in the country against the run. They have had 51 penalties for 425 yards on defense this year. That places them 81st in Division 1. Houston is 52nd in college football in points surrendered on defense with 168. They have given up a total of 2,919 yards on D, which is 80th in the nation. The Cougars are 62nd in yards per play allowed with 5.6. Opponent offenses have completed 165 throws on 279 attempts against the Houston defense this season, ranking them 119th and 123rd in the country. The Houston Cougars pass defense has also surrendered a total of 1,831 yards in the air, which is 98th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Houston Cougars have tried 9 field goals this year and made 7, which is 72nd in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 78%. Houston kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 24 for 24 this season. Their punters have accumulated 1,445 yards on 36 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. That ranks them 94th in the NCAA in punting average. Houston is 98th in the country in punt returns with 8. They've totaled 25 punt return yards and average 3.1 yards per return, which is 117th in D-1. They have returned 20 kicks for 488 yards on special teams, which puts them 33rd in kick return yardage. The Cougars average 24 yards per kick return and they are 52nd in the nation in all-purpose yards with 3,616.
Who will win tonight's Pirates/Cougars college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cougars -11
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